European Parliament notes Montenegrin progress and points to problems that need tackling

European Parliament notes Montenegrin progress and points to problems that need tackling

Podgorica, February 25, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Adnan Prekic

Montenegro and its outcomes in the integration process have been commended in this year’s European Parliament resolution. MEPs praised the progress that has been made, but also reported a series of recommendations that should be adopted. Montenegro was singled out as the leading country in the region in the negotiation process and the only state that successfully opened negotiation chapters with the European Union.

The resolution praised the full compliance of Montenegro with the Common Foreign and security policy of the EU, but it also emphasised the need to continue in the fight against corruption, ensuring the independence of the judiciary and the guarantee of freedom of media expression. EU Parliamentarians are also concerned by the lack of serious efforts to tackle impunity in war crime cases.

Dissatisfaction was expressed in the lack of serious efforts to solve the problem of impunity in cases of war crimes. The resolution drafted by Charles Tannock was passed by 56 votes to 6, with 0 abstentions.

They expressed concern about the politicization of the public administration, the impact on the independence of the judiciary and limited progress in the fight against corruption. Many have criticized the condition of media freedom, and the poor professional and ethical standards of journalists.

A European Parliament resolution praises Montenegro for good neighbourly relations – but urges it to resolve all remaining border disputes with neighbours. European Parliamentarians have submitted 188 amendments to a draft resolution on Montenegro, most of which urges Podgorica to resolve its border and property disputes with neighbouring countries.

The resolution drafted by the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee commends the government in Podgorica for maintaining good relations with all its neighbours, including Kosovo, but stresses the need to swiftly settle issues with Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo. “The European parliament also encourages the final delimitation of borders with Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo in order to eliminate potential sources of tension”, says in the resolution.